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Episode 106: New Year Potpourri

The time around the turn of the year for japanese pro-wrestling has almost become comparable to WrestleMania weekend in the United States because of the strahlkraft of Wrestle Kingdom. Beyond New Japan's biggest show of the year there's a lot more happening at this time of the year so STRIGGA& Dylan took an extensive look at ZERO1, WRESTLE-1 and Big Japan Pro Wrestling while also making sure to reminisce about indie wrestling 10 years ago. Besides these topics the Eastern Lariat crew also...


Episode 105: Wrestle Kingdom 13 ~ The Ace is back(?)

Wrestle Kingdom 13 and New Year Dash!! lie behind us and with Hiroshi Tanahashi the beloved ace is back on top – but for how long? In this episode STRIGGA & Dylan take an extrensive look at all the matches and developments of New Japan's anual Tokyo Dome show, praise New Japan for their booking decisions and criticise them for meaningless belts and the missing focus on for example the junior heavyweights. With the big dates of 2019 having been announced the Eastern Lariat crew also discusses...


Episode 104: The Last Lariat of 2018

STRIGGA & Dylan end 2018 with an exclamation point as they review Pro Wrestling NOAH's Great Voyage from Yokohama and WRESTLE-1's Autumn Bout from Korakuen Hall. Both companies tried to set the stage for the months to come – with varying success. The duo discusses Kaito Kiyomiya, Daisuke Harada, Shotaro Ashino and T-Hawk being key parts of the NOAH & W-1 storylines going forward. Other topics include the D King Grand Prix 2019 and Joshi with Stardom, WAVE & Tokyo Joshi Pro.


Episode 103: Tokyo Sports Awards 2018

Special guest WH Park (@whpark9 on Twitter) from POST Wrestling joins the Eastern Lariat crew to discuss this year's "Pro Wrestling Grand Prix", better known as the Tokyo Sports awards. The trio goes through every categorie and extensively debates the winners, names their choices and sometimes even tries to get to the bottom of what the awards actutally stand for. On top of that STRIGGA, Dylan and WH also talk about their top company and some of the most improved wrestlers in 2018.


Episode 102: Kamen Rider GHC

STRIGGA & Dylan set sail for a new voyage of the Eastern Lariat after the longest hiatus in the show's history. The crew is testing the waters to get into smooth sailing by giving a digest of the most important developments in japanese pro-wrestling from mid November until today. They talk about the New Japan World Tag League, NOAH's Global League, the AJPW Real World Tag League, Big Japan Death Vegas, Hideki Suzuki & Masashi Takeda as champions and the company working with ZERO1, DDT's D-Ou...



It takes Understanding to accept NJPW as a whole, Knowledge to set the proper pace of watching an AJPW show, Courage to get through Danshoku Dieno's main event at DDT's Peter Pan, & Dedication to follow NOAH through their various ups & downs. All these skills are needed to finish off the MEGA SOLO PURO POTPOURRI! Dylan goes solo after a month away from the Eastern Lariat and cover all of the above, going in on NJPW, Power Struggle, & Naito's questionable booking, AJPW & Kento vs. Zeus, DDT &...


Special Bloopers Edition

Plans change, they say. Even in podcasting not everything goes as planned and as promised here are some of the bloopers or outtakes that - for different reasons - have been cut from the past 100 episodes. Enjoy!


Episode 100: The Second Coming

Come on in and celebrate our 100th episode with us! Right off the bat STRIGGA talks about the japanese influx in this year's wXw World Tag Team League as well as Meiko Satomura in Femmes Fatales before him and Dylan toss it back to Japan to discuss King of Pro-Wrestling and everything surrounding it. You'll hear takes on the Jay White vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi match including the aftermath, on the three way main event and much more. Then Dylan takes over and reviews Stardom's 5 Star Grand Prix...


Episode 99: Royal Road to King of Pro-Wrestling

STRIGGA & Dylan are back with another XXLariat in which they cover the month of September in All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling. All Japan saw the 6th Royal Road (or Oudou) Tournament thrat had some outstanding action featuring the names you're used to from AJPW, but that also had Kengo Mashimo in some stellar performances. Over in New Japan they had three Destruction shows and the Eastern Lariat crew takes a look at the big matches, storylines and further developments...


Episode 98: Dramatic Draft Team

In this episode of the Eastern Lariat STRIGGA & Dylan travel to a parallel universe in the year 2020 in which the powers that be in japanese pro-wrestling are about to shift as two new big players fight for talent both on and underneath the radar of the mainstream pro-wrestling fan. Follow the duo as they draft veterans, prospects, heavyweights, juniors and more for their promotions to be.


Episode 97: Puroresu Potpourri & Interview

Two weeks after the G1 Climax ended the Eastern Lariat crew gets back together to shed a light on some of the promotions that fell short to the spectacle that the G1 was. STRIGGA & Dylan talk about some of the best matches that happened in Pro Wrestling NOAH in recent months while also discussion some of the storyline developments on the ark. From there the two move on to All Japan's Summer Explosion Series, the King of DDT tournament and all the turmoil surrounding the KO-D Openweight...


Episode 96: We Are Survivors!

The 28th G1 Climax is over and not only does New Japan Pro Wrestling have a survivor, but we are survivors as well, because for 19 events this tournament has been an incredible ride. On this show STRIGGA & Dylan go in depth with everything (no C Block, sorry) surrounding the G1 Climax final shows from Tokyo Nippon Budokan which includes one more look at the Firing Squad storyline and possible go away heat, the setup of Budokan, the tournament matches form Friday until Sunday, each person's...


Episode 95: Osaka Best Bout Business

Before addressing G1 Climax business from Osaka STRIGGA & Dylan shed the light on DDT's Beer Garden shows, All Japan's Junior Tag League and the WRESTLE-1 Grand Prix. The main subject however are the two G1 shows from Osaka this past weekend. The Eastern Lariat crew goes in depth with the much loved Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito matches and also debates where the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Michael Elgin and Kazuchika Okada vs. EVIL matches rank in the grand...


Episode 94: Seeking the Fire

Since the quest for fire is an ongoing theme on this episode of the Eastern Lariat STRIGGA & Dylan first take a look at ZERO1's Fire Festival and then about the King of DDT tournament that also started this week. Then the duo moves on to nights 11, 12 and 13 of the G1 Climax that again saw some great, but also some lackluster matches. The grind is there and midway through the G1 Climax some of the participants are clearly hurting, but the burning fighting spirit is undeniable.


Episode 93: A Ceremony of Violence

In a new Eastern Lariat episode STRIGGA & Dylan first discuss All Japan's big show in Osaka from this Sunday that saw The Big Guns of Zeus & The Bodyguard going for singles gold while Yuma Aoyagi & Naoya Nomura challenged Jun Akiyama & Yuji Nagata for the All Asia Tag Team Title. The second and bigger point of discussion are nights 8, 9 & 10 of the G1 Climax that – once again – delivered outstanding action and maybe the match of the tournament half way through. STRIGGA & Dylan also once...


Episode 92: The Rainmaker is back?!

Two more G1 Climax shows in the books, another Eastern Lariat episode in the books! STRIGGA & Dylan are back yet again with their reviews of night 6 & 7 of the 28th G1 Climax from Korakuen Hall and Hajioji. In the center of attention are outstanding matches like Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii and Zack Sabre Jr. vs. SANADA, but once again also the Tongans and their controversial actions within the tournament. Not less controversial were Okada's demeanors in recent weeks that leads to the...


Episode 91: Riding the Graps 1 Train

STRIGGA & Dylan are back yet again with their review of nights 4 & 5 of this year's G1 Climax that saw more controversy unvail when it comes to the Tongans and their way of handling business within the tournament and that controversy also impacts the Eastern Lariat crew. Besides arguing about that topic STRIGGA & Dylan talk about the wholesome Sabre vs. Yano bout, the great Naito vs. Ishii, Omega vs. Goto and White vs. Elgin matches as well as part 2 of Hangman Page's coming out party in his...


Episode 90: Jay White's Chaos Theory

Three events down, 16 still to go! STRIGGA & Dylan give their first opinions on participants, matches and stories after the third day of the G1 Climax. The two talk about every tournament bout, mention their favorite and least favorite matches and go beyond the in-ring action as they discuss Jay White's very successful start in the tournament and where his chaos theory might lead us and how it could change the landscape of New Japan Pro Wrestling.


Episode 89: On the eve of G1

On the eve of the 28th G1 Climax tournament the band is back together as STRIGGA & Dylan join forces again to talk about the most recent events in New Japan Pro Wrestling including Strong Style Evolved UK and the G1 Special in San Francisco and to preview the biggest tournament of the summer. The Eastern Lariat crew gives an insight on their dream scenarios, block winners, possible upsets and drop a few names they are keeping an eye out for. Oh yeah, there's still that damn briefcase!


Episode 88: G1 Climax 28 Preview

It's G1 time! The most wonderful time of the Japanese wrestling year is upon us. Sadly, it's not all sunshine as STRIGGA is out for this week doing his civil duty, so Dylan is riding solo this week for the first time in almost 2 years! He breaks down all 20 participants in the G1, goes over statistics from last year and mentions some of their best work as well as theories on their 2018 booking and his opinion on each man's in-ring prospects, where he expects them to rank in his own rankings,...